As a Biology student you learn about the scientific process through hands-on experience. You enjoy a wealth of undergraduate research opportunities, thanks to the high number of research active faculty across our various colleges.
Not only do the professors in the College of Arts and Sciences have need for ambitious, hardworking students, who are ready to immerse themselves in research, but so do the professors in the Westbrook College of Health Professions, the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Internships for Biology students are facilitated through the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office. You may enroll in your first internship as early as your freshman year and continue to perform internships through your senior year. The CAS Internship Office will guide you in researching, applying for and completing internships that earn course credit. Consider an internship near campus during a semester, back home over the summer, or even overseas. Internships allow you to directly experience your future profession from an immersed learning-work environment. Whether you’re interested in dental, medical, veterinary, aquaculture, or other biological careers, your internship will build your knowledge and skills, allow you to network in your field, and help you explore career opportunities. A full semester prior to your internship, begin the application process by contacting the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office.
UNE's opportunities to spend a semester abroad in Tangier, Morocco, or Seville, Spain, along with two marine biology travel courses led by Dr. Jeri Fox—a Fall semester course that visits Belize and a Spring semester course that visits Panama—allow you to stay on track with your lab sciences and College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum while gaining enriching international experience. To enroll in these courses, you must submit an application to the Global Education Program. You are encouraged to apply for a Global Education scholarship when applying to these courses.
BIO 421 Conservation & Ecology of a Caribbean Island
Dr. Jeri Fox
This course covers topics in history and geology of the Caribbean with an emphasis on the island of Boca del Toros in Panama and includes topics such as terrestrial, island and marine biodiversity, and the ecology and evolution of populations. Discussions include the impact of an agriculturally-based economy versus a tourist economy on the environment in general and the reef in particular. The course examines NGOs and international environmental treaties, and focuses on particular national and international conservation approaches using the Caribbean as an example. Other topics include community-based management and local wildlife policies, the history of the establishment of a rainforest as a natural preserve, ethnobotany, and the natural history of the region.
The course culminates with ten days of travel and field work in Panama at the end of May. Activities in Panama include snorkeling on reefs, canopy access training, caving, a tour of the Panama Canal Zone, and lectures by the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation faculty
BIO 421 Marine Topics: Coral Reef Studies
Dr. Jeri Fox
This course presents an in-depth study of the biology and taxonomy of corals while examining the ecology of the coral reef system and the future of reefs. The course concludes with a field lab carried out entirely on the reefs of Belize in January. You snorkel in the beautiful lagoons of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserves. The group is housed in a remote field station on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye with access to the reef ecosystem, mangroves, sea grass beds, and jungle.